Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Steam Punk Girl in Hat

Hi to you all, and once again thanks for stopping by.   We had a lovely day out yesterday.  John is getting everything pulled together for when he starts the roof repairs.  He has been looking for some roof tiles because he is bound to break or chip a few -  he said so, not me!!  Our house is forty years old now and the hunt was on for reclaimed tiles for two reasons.  Firstly, this type are no longer made, and secondly new tiles would stand out like a sore thumb amongst these very old weathered tiles.   Good old Ebay to the rescue, and he located some in Derbyshire so off we went first thing.

Since it was such a long way to go we made a full day and visited Kedleston Hall, a National Trust property near Derby. It was Robert Adam's first major building commission and was designed purely to be a showpiece palace and for lavish entertaining. Fabulous fireplaces!!! There was a lot of parkland to the property so we really enjoyed strolling around in the sun.  Mind you, when you were out of the sun the breeze was pretty chilly.
My Card

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I would like to say thank you for all your lovely comments on my Safe Harbour card on Monday.  They really are so appreciated.   Well here I am a little out of my comfort zone with a steam punk card, but I still can't bring myself to do grunge so this is a very neat and tidy steam punk - if there is such a thing!  I also used nice bright colours too.

I matted my 6" x 6" card with a freebie digi paper (but don't know where it came from, sorry) and  I changed the colour from brown to lilac/purple to match my colour scheme. I used an X Cut embossing folder, Cogs from the Chronology range, on turquoise pearlescent card stock. The Marianne Craftables clock die was used on lilac pearlescent cardstock. The digi image is by BBKake from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and coloured with Promarkers.  This is another one of those images that I buy on impulse and never get round to using. The cog die cuts were also from the Chronology range. I was actually quite pleased with how it turned out.

Well sorry that I have droned on a bit.  Hope you are all feeling well and if not then I really hope you are well again soon. I went out to stock up the bird feeding station and it is really cold, foggy and miserable.  Glad we went up to Derbyshire yesterday!!

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  1. Good sunny morning Christine,
    Firstly I have to apologise for not commenting on your last few stunning cards. I love them all. I really do not know what has happened for me to have missed them.
    I am not into "steampunk" but I do LOVE this and could cope in these stunning colours. The image is beautiful as well.
    Have a great day, hope the sun is shining so that John can get on with fixing the roof.

    Patricia xxx

  2. Hi Christine! It's great that spring has come: also over here on the other side of the Northsea. So I did not have a visit to 'blogland' duringthe last few days and now I am admiring the beautiful cards you've made. I love the card with boats and the steampunkg also is a beauty!
    I didn't make steampunk cards untill now. Maybe I'll also give it a try because it looks good!
    It's great you found the tiles, although you had to make a long ride for them. But I see, you enjoyed the day and now John can begin his work.
    Wish him success!
    Lia xx

  3. WOW!! This is fabulous Christine. I love the image, gorgeous colours and wonderful detailing too.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. Hi Christine
    Roof tiles on ebay? Who would have thought it.
    I don't do steam punk either but yours is very neat and fab colours.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  5. This is just gorgeous,great

  6. Hi Christine,
    I don't do steam punk myself, but the colours are lovely in your card,

  7. Hi Christine,

    This is fabulous, such a lovely card and it makes a change to see steam punk in these colours. Love the image too.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  8. Hi Christine sounds like you had a really nice day out, its been really nice weather up here too I went out in a t-shirt today when I took Ollie out and no jacket !! lol Your card is fab I love the colours you have chosen and all the details lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Hi Christine,
    what a very lovely steam punk creation. I do love those super colours you have chosen, it really makes a fab change from the usual colours used in these type of creations. Your colouring of the image is fantastic again. Love how you have got that sheen on the hair. I keep trying to get my colouring as good as that, but mine just ends up grungy looking.
    So glad you had a good day out yesterday. That place sounds wonderful.
    I do love anything to do with years ago, they seemed to have such style in those days, even in their clothing.
    I do hope John manages the repairs okay, and the weather continues to stay fine for it.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. A gorgeous steampunk card Christine. The image and colours look fabulous
    Lorraine x

  11. Oh blimey Christine - I never ever thought you would do a steampunk card and yet this is superb!!! I must admit I enjoyed using this digi myself and am so glad to see what you have created. It really is gorgeous - really up my street!!

    So glad you had a great time out - I see John is girding his loins before he sorts the upper echelons out! Blimey that was a mouthful!!

    Big hugs to you both (not long to go now)

    Sue Pxxx

  12. For me this is a wow!!, I love steam punk and I just love the colours on this one.
    Lovely image and embellishments.
    Pleased you had such a lovely day yesterday with the good weather. Up here today was absolutely gorgeous, pity I was working though. Alistair headed to the Cairngorms and had a wonderful day in the thick snow,he tells me it was perfect for walking on, better him than me, hugs Kate x

  13. Oh Christine this is fabulous. I love it. We have had a couple of beautiful days here bright and sunny but chilly.

  14. Sorry if I have missed some of your cards, my DT placements take up a lot of time to create...but I just adore this one...wowow it's stunning...and I think I did comment on your ship card below which is super stunning.xxxx

  15. Hi Christine, this is fabulous! I love your design and colours! Glad you had a good day out :) hugs Carole Z xx

  16. Wow Christine, you may be out of your comfort zone with this card but you've done a sterling job, love it! You sound as though you had a lovely day when you went to pick up the tiles. What would we do without Ebay? Hugs x

  17. Fabulous image and I love the colour choice to. Thanks for joining us at ABC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  18. stunning card love the lady fantastic colouring .Melanie


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